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Advice on getting involved in touring

Cycle touring is something you can do entirely independently. You don't need to be a member of a club or any other organisation, and you don't need to follow anyone's rules - except the rules of the road, of course. Go where you want, when you want, at the speed you want, with whom you want.

Nevertheless, there are bodies out there that can help you get the most out of your touring. The biggest and best known is the Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC). Check out the CTC website for information and advice on routes, equipment, insurance and just about anything else you can think of. The CTC provides some excellent services, and acts as a campaign organisation on behalf of the wider cycling community. However, membership is relatively pricy (more than joining the Beacon, for instance), partly because it includes third-party insurance. The CTC also has 'divisions': local groups of CTC members who get together for rides, which are typically fairly leisurely. Contact details can be found on the CTC website. Other organisations active in this field are the Tandem Club and Audax UK.

There is no conflict between membership of the Beacon and membership of another organisation such as the CTC. In fact, the club encourages people to make sure they have proper insurance, such as that provided by the CTC. Lots of Beacon members are also members of these other bodies.

Informal touring advice is always available from experienced Beacon members, some of whom have toured extensively - one has actually cycled around the world! Get in touch via the message board or by chatting on club runs and at Thursday night social gatherings.

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